Dover farmers market goes ‘low-key’ amid COVID-19 restrictions

DOVER — The Capital City Farmers Market is still operating at Loockerman Plaza in downtown Dover this summer — just on a much smaller scale in its fifth year due to restrictions the state has put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic. The market has seen its number of vendors dwindle from around 10 last […]

Letter to the Editor: It’s time to open Delaware’s farmers’ markets

Gov. Carney and Secretary Scuse, Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have learned which businesses are deemed essential, and which are not. Farmers’ markets have been deemed non-essential, despite our surrounding states considering them essential. Many of Delaware’s small farmers, including my family’s modest 40-acre vegetable farm, are reliant on farmers’ markets, not only to […]

Farmers markets feel plowed under by nonessential label

SUSSEX COUNTY — Asparagus at Stag Run Farm west of Georgetown has sprung to harvest stage. But Stag Run Farm co-owner Lenore Brady won’t be taking it to market. “I’m not harvesting it. I have nowhere to sell it,” said Ms. Brady. “I’m just letting it go. It’s called ‘going to fern.’” While farmers’ markets […]

Delaware Department of Agriculture adjusting to coronavirus outbreak

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Agriculture continues to provide services to the public and industry to ensure that the food supply remains safe and plentiful for consumers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. “As Delaware’s No. 1 industry, family farms are crucial to supplying a variety of food from poultry and meats, fruits and vegetables, […]

Delaware receives USDA hemp plan approval

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that the USDA approved the state plan submitted for the Delaware Domestic Hemp Production Program. Delaware is now the second state on the East Coast to receive approval to administer a domestic hemp program. “I want to commend the staff at the Department of Agriculture for […]

Delaware farmers’ markets produce record sales mark

DOVER — Delawareans have shown they have a taste for fresh produce and local treats when it comes to farmers’ markets. Gov. John Carney and the Delaware Department of Agriculture said that was proven again in 2019 when they announced that Delaware farmers’ markets hit an all-time sales record of $3.28 million last year. The […]

Letter to the Editor: Many school supplies derive from agriculture

Summer vacation is ending. It’s time for the kids to go back to school. As you fill your shopping cart or your child’s backpack with all the items needed for the school year, perhaps you can make it a learning experience. How many of the “must haves” were made possible because of agriculture? •Pencils, paper, […]

Mountaire Farms donation a boost to Delaware Agricultural Museum

DOVER — Mountaire Farms donated $10,000 to the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover recently to help overhaul the poultry exhibit and help honor the late James H. Baxter Jr., a well-known farmer in Sussex County. Mr. Baxter was a farmer in Stockley his entire life. During his career he grew chickens for Mountaire Farms and […]

Bees play important role in Delaware agriculture

HARRINGTON — As a hard rain pounded the Department of Agriculture building’s roof late Monday morning Kayla Fusselman anticipated State Fair goers seeking shelter inside. The 2018 American Honey Queen was ready to start a conversation about honey and bees with anyone with a few minutes to spare. She’s passionate about bees and is spending […]

Kent ag land preservation funding OK’d

DOVER — Kent County commissioners voted unanimously last week to authorize spending $100,000 this year to preserve farmland under the Delaware Agricultural Lands Foundation program. The funds will go toward preservation easements across 15 properties and ultimately preserve 1,273 acres in the county. According to the county’s planning department, the state program will offer matching […]